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R rate has crept back up to 1 across UK

The coronavirus R rate may be have climbed back up to 1 across the UK, new data suggests.

The latest Government update indicates the number of new cases could be rising sharply, with the R number possibly as high as 3 in the South West.

It is also thought to be above one in London and the North West.

The R number for the UK as of today is 0.8 to 1 while the growth rate range is between 0% and -5%, indicating ‘the number of new infections is somewhere between remaining stable and shrinking by 5% every day’.

According to the Government the estimates ‘are averages over very different epidemiological situations and should be regarded as a guide to the general trend rather than a description of the epidemic state’.

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The R and growth rate estimates by NHS England regions are ‘shown as a range, the most likely true values are somewhere towards the middle of this range’, they add.

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